Short Film Production
Victoria University of Wellington
Wellington, New Zealand
Area of Study
Film Studies, Radio/Television/Film
Taught In English
40 points in FILM at the 200 level
This course is very limited entry. Students interested in enrolling in this course should submit their Pre-Registration form as soon as possible as there may be additional documents required for consideration for entry into this course.
Course Level Recommendations
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Recommended U.S. Semester Credits6
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units9
Hours & Credits
This course involves a practical study of the creative and technical aspects of film production. Students will make a short dramatic film in small groups. This will develop their skills at scripting, photography, mise-en-scene, performance, editing, sound recording and mixing. Please note that in order to be considered for this limited entry course, your enrolment application must be submitted by 1 December in the year prior to enrolment.
The aim of FILM 310 is to develop students’ knowledge of the creative and technical aspects of film production. There will be a particular emphasis on encouraging students to develop a robust creative process based on understanding and respecting the fundamentals of dramatic narrative storytelling.
Students will be given tools and strategies for developing their ideas, and ways to effectively present them. The course emphasises ‘hands on’ learning, with basic introduction being given on the use of cameras and audio recording. Students will learn basic techniques for working with actors and crew. All students will be given a practical introduction to non-linear editing equipment and editing techniques.
Students passing the course will have demonstrated creative ability at an introductory level in the field of audio visual production, and a basic mastery of relevant technical skills. They should also have enhanced their analytical skills and gained a greater understanding of filmmaking as a craft and industrial process.
Course learning objectives
Students who pass this course should be able to:
- Demonstrate enhanced understanding of dramatic storytelling principles
- Demonstrate enhanced ability to judge and develop creative ideas
- Demonstrate enhanced knowledge of film production processes
- Demonstrate enhanced critical and communication skills
- Demonstrate enhanced ability to work collaboratively
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